Gene-editing regulation not the biggest hurdle for SMEs in EU, says academic

By |februar 27th, 2020|Biotechnology, gene editing, GMO, GMO directive, News, seed rights, SMEs|

The argument that deregulation of gene editing would benefit small and medium enterprises (SMEs) does not stand up to scrutiny, according to molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou, head of the gene expression and therapy group at King's College London.

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DG AGRI backs new breeding techniques for pest management

By |februar 14th, 2020|alternatives to pesticides, biopesticides, Biotechnology, EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, Greenpeace, integrated pest management, new breeding techniques, News, Pesticides|

Tasos Haniotis, the deputy director-general at European Commission's DG AGRI, views new breeding techniques as a way to manage pests in agriculture, according to a leaked document seen by EURACTIV.com.

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Intensive farming, French court ruling and sugar tax

By |februar 13th, 2020|Agrifood, agrifood brief, Biotechnology, European Green Deal, green deal, Intensive farming, News, sugar tax|

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. Intensive farming and the Green Deal In a recent tweet, Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said that...

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Mutagenesis techniques must be subject to GMO regulation, says French court

By |februar 11th, 2020|Biotechnology, gene editing, GMO, GMO directive, mutagenesis, new plant breeding techniques, News|

The French government has been ordered to adapt its policy on plants developed using a new plant breeding technique (NPBTs), called mutagenesis, in order to adhere to stricter rules for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a French court ruled on Fri...

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EU health chief wants more information on gene editing

By |januar 30th, 2020|Biotechnology, European Green Deal, Farm to Fork, new plant breeding techniques, News|

The new EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides wants more information about the controversial issue of gene editing and for now, she seems less enthusiastic than her predecessor Vytenis Andriukaitis.

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EU health chief wants more information on gene editing

By |januar 30th, 2020|Biotechnology, gene editing, GMOs, News, NPBTs|

The new EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides wants more information about gene editing and for now, she seems less enthusiastic than her predecessor Vytenis Andriukaitis.

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US agriculture chief urges EU to listen to science, not fear-mongering NGOs

By |januar 27th, 2020|Biotechnology, new plant breeding techniques, News|

When it comes to food, EU policymakers should make science-based decisions if they want to help European their farmers tackle the “legitimate concerns” over sustainability, Sonny Perdue, the US State Secretary of Agriculture, said on Monday (27 January).

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Industry and farmers expect ‘science-based’ solutions to deliver New Green Deal 

By |december 20th, 2019|agriculture industry, Biotechnology, CAP, CAP reform, European Green Deal, Innovation in Agriculture, News, precision agriculture, Precision farming|

The agri-food industry and EU farmers are calling for clarity and science-based solutions to meet their objectives as part of the EU’s recently announced European Green Deal. The new plans, combined with the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy and a reformed...

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EU study to clarify gene editing court ruling further muddies waters

By |december 5th, 2019|agricultural innovation, Biotechnology, European Court of Justice, European Green Deal, genetic engineering, genetic modification, genetically modified organisms, GMOs, new plant breeding techniques, News|

After the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that organisms obtained by new plant breeding techniques (NBTs) should, in principle, fall under the GMO Directive, the Council of the EU has requested a study from the Commission to clarify the situatio...

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UK faced with EU-US biotechnology dilemma post-Brexit

By |november 28th, 2019|Biotechnology, Brexit, Environmental NGOs, environmental standards, GMO, GMO directive, News, science-based policy|

The question of whether the UK will open its doors to GMOs after Brexit has become more pertinent after EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told MEPs on Tuesday (26 November) that in order to secure a trade agreement, the UK would have to agree to maintain a ‘level playing field’ and not undercut EU regulation.

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